These comic-like, ink drawings of black men cavort on the page. The background of wood grain patterned paper provides a simple, yet active ground and is overlayed by a fly-blown ink dot pattern that further activates the background. Occasionally the figures will interact with the side of the page as if it was a wall. They are contained.
The black men stand on the bottom edge as if it was an Egyptian register. Some idealized drawings of seventies studs resemble earlier incarnations of my Black Panther Series, while others represent how I imagine panthers have aged with time.
The panthers respond to bubble-like selections from my collection of found images (snapshots, advertisements, educational texts, novel covers, brochures, and other ephemera) of social interactions. Many show patterns of representation, while others are possible abberations. They often represent different decades.
Artist Bio / CV
Tony Gray received his B.A. in 1979 from the University of California, San Diego and M.F.A. in 1982 from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. He attended The Skowhegen School of Painting and Sculpture in 1993. He was born in 1957 at Fort Gordon, GA. He has had solo shows at the Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Debs & Co Gallery, NYC, and allston skirt gallery, Boston. His group exhibitions include Echo Park Projects, Los Angeles, CA; Sikkema, Jenkins and Co. Gallery, New York, NY; P.S. 122 NYC, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL, and White Columns, NYC. The Whole World Is Rotten which was shown at Jack Shainman Gallery in winter 2005 and traveled to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati in 2006. His work is in the collection of The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC. He lives and works in New York City.